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October 16, 2007

Gogol Bordello [49]

Gogol14_2 Friday night at the Vermont College Gym - two silvery tour buses idled outside and a sold out crowd undulated beneath dormant basketball hoops. 

Gogol Bordello may be the biggest music act to hit Montpelier Vermont in .... well, ever!?

Ed DuFresne of Edifided Presents managed to lure the popular band to Vermont's state capitol with a grassroots campaign. The volunteer-run show was simmering with anticipation and once the music exploded into the cavernous gym, the sweaty crowd rarely stood still. 

Gogol17Gogol Bordello's charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz, relocated to Burlington Vermont from the Ukraine in his teens.  After playing in local punk bands, he moved to NYC and pioneered the Gypsy-punk movement.

A diverse crowd turned out to see Eugene's triumphant homecoming and to partake in the energy-infused theatrics of his Eastern European punk extravaganza.  Gogol Bordello is kicking off an international 3-month tour.

Montpelier may never be the same.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.


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I'm so bummed I missed this - it looked like a fantastic show.

Mistress Maeve

I can't believe I missed it!

I loved seeing all the different age groups coming together for an event. And kudos to the hetero kid who's keeping the door open a crack for Eugene Hutz. Ah, youth gives me hope.


Ed DuFresne

Thanks to everyone who came out and made this show a success - we couldn't have asked for a better crowd...

and, btw, Eva - Rock and Roll shows have been going on in Gyms for decades...Memorial is a Gym, too...

nice video, too.


sucks I missed out on this, I think the reason why Gogol didn't play in Burlington is because they were banned from Higher Ground. They may only be a rumor though.



Excellent point, I hope many more music shows get played in the Vermont College Gym. It was a cool venue even if the floor does shake!

Congrats on an amazing event - wonderfully organized and awesome efforts by all involved!

Best, Eva

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